EDEN, N.C. -- After any storm, companies start making their rounds offering to do tree service. This is their time to cash in. 

Before you hire anyone, check to see if the company is accredited on the BBB's website and make sure they are licensed to do business in North Carolina. Ask the company for evidence that they have insurance. They need to have liability and worker compensation for their employees. If something goes wrong, you don't want to be responsible for paying for it. 

Once you find a reliable company to hire, get all the details in writing. Make sure you know the cost, and when the company will start and finish the job. 

Another thing, clarify who's removing the tree once it's chopped up. Many jobs only include cutting up the tree.